Wood Chart map of Tahoe Lake in the Sierras.
Located high in the Sierra Nevadas, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and, with a maximum depth of 1,645 feet, it's also America's second-deepest lake overall. It's known for its clear water and sweeping mountain vistas. The area around Tahoe is a great playground for outdoor sports both in the summer and wintry months.
Starting with a bathymetric chart (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), we use laser-cutters to carve the contours into sheets of Baltic birch and glue them together to create a powerful visual depth. We hand stain select layers blue so it's easy to discern land from water, etch major byways into the land, then frame the whole thing in a custom, solid-wood frame and protect it with a sheet of durable, ultra-transparent Plexiglas.